What is the ideal content management system for my needs?
January 29, 2010 11:26 AM Subscribe
What content management system fits the needs of my website and can run on Microsoft IIS (web server) and Microsoft SQL server (database)? Full details of what I'm looking for inside.
posted by wsquared to computers & internet (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a large unit of a university and we're working on redesigning our website. Right now we have about 300 HTML pages and 300 documents (Word, PDF, etc) that are updated using Macromedia Contribute. Everything is static -- for example the news page is just a body of text that someone edits when there's something to add. The person who set up and maintained the site's backend no longer works here. I have some web experience -- I know HTML/CSS and I have custom-coded Wordpress themes -- so I've taken on researching a solution.
For most of the content, I think any CMS would probably work. We'll just want the ability to easily change or add text, occasionally add images, and upload documents.
For a few sections, though, we need dynamic content. One is a news section where we will add stories on a monthly basis. This is pretty straightforward, as it will just need Title, Author, Content, Date Posted, Categories. We'll probably also need some sort of events or calendar feature.
The trickiest section, though, is my primary focus. I essentially need a blog, but with a lot of custom metadata. It's for grant opportunities and we want to have separate fields for title, agency, deadline, contact information, URL, funding amount, and hierarchical categories. We could just post everything in one big text field, but I think it would be more efficient for data entry to have the fields separated out. I thought Wordpress would almost be an ideal solution to this particular problem, but I'm not sure how scalable it is for the whole website, I don't particularly like its custom fields implementation, and it turns out we can't even install it on our web server anyway.
We'll eventually hire someone to design/develop the site, but I thought it would be good to have an ideal system to work with and find someone who can develop for that.
So, taking the above into consideration, plus the caveat that it must run on Microsoft IIS (web server) and Microsoft SQL server (database), is there an ideal content management system?